Happiness and Joy on the Path of Awakening
With Sharon Beckman-Brindley and Nicola Redfern
May 28 - June 2, 2019
This Insight Dialogue retreat will be an experiential inquiry into the seven factors of awakening, with a particular focus on the importance of joy, both as a fruit of practice but also as the path itself. The Buddha’s teachings often emphasize suffering, hunger, clinging and relinquishment, which can seem rather austere. What is the true place of joy on this path of awakening?
In this Insight Dialogue meditation retreat, we will explore happiness and joy at their very root; we will investigate together the internal conditions that block our deepest happiness as well as those conditions that allow for the emergence of a joyful tranquility and release that are not dependent on outer circumstances.
Insight Dialogue (ID) is an interpersonal meditation form, based in the Vipassana tradition. In ID, we extend our solitary meditation into a carefully guided practice of meditation in speaking and listening with others. This retreat will be an introduction to ID for some and an opportunity for others to deepen their practice. More information about Insight Dialogue can be found at www.metta.org. The retreat will be held in Noble Silence except for the Insight Dialogue sessions. We will alternate periods of silent meditation practice, contemplation in dialogue, mindful movement and time in nature.
NOTE: An ongoing meditation/mindfulness practice and previous retreat experience is requested for participation in this retreat. If you have questions about the suitability of retreat for you, please feel free to email Nic at or Sharon at
For logistics you may contact Daya Breckinridge at or Mary Grigsby at
Sharon Beckman-Brindley, Ph.D., is an Insight Dialogue Teacher who has taught Insight Dialogue retreats worldwide. She also is a co-founder and senior teacher of the Insight Meditation Community in Charlottesville, VA. A clinical psychologist with over 30 years of both meditation experience and practice as a psychotherapist, she has a special…
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Nicola Redfern is an Insight Dialogue teacher with an extensive background in Zen meditation. She has been trained to teach Insight Dialogue by guiding teacher Gregory Kramer and other senior Insight Dialogue teachers. With a strong belief that awakening is not simply a solo endeavor, she’s particularly interested in getting meditation off…
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